Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed.,LPC is a Licensed Master’s Level therapist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1977 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1979, also from the U of A. She became a Christian at the age of 17, one month prior to attending college and began to integrate her Christian beliefs into the psychological theories and techniques that she learned. She has a passion to help people become whole in “spirit, soul, and body” (I Thessalonians 5:23) so that they can discover and fulfill the purposes and plans for their lives.
Jennifer has an extensive history working with clients on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis. She began her career working with juvenile status offenders, as a follow-up counselor with Teen Challenge’s Springboard Shelter Care in Tucson, Arizona. She also worked at the Tucson Pre-release Center with federal inmates released from prison. She relocated to Phoenix in 1981 to take a position at the Department of Corrections-Perryville. She worked there for 10 years as a Correctional Program Officer, a Psychology Associate working with male sex offenders, and a Correctional Program Supervisor, working with female inmates. At her last position, she was responsible for supervising the programs and counselors at the women’s prison. It was there that she became interested and knowledgeable about addictions and the recovery process.
Jennifer has supervised counselors at the Department of Corrections for 4 years and served as Clinical Director at Samaritan Counseling Center in the 1990’s. She has completed the required 12 hours of supervision training and provides licensure quality supervision to counselors-in-training.
She was in line for a promotion for an Assistant Warden position, when she realized that her passion was to work with clients on an outpatient basis in a Christian environment where she was free to integrate Christianity with the therapeutic process. She worked for one year at the Adlerian Family Counseling Center in Litchfield Park, before being offered a position at Samaritan Counseling Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was there that she studied with her mentor and founder of the Clinic, Alfred Ells. Under his tutelage, she became adept at the application of therapeutic techniques within a Christian world-view. She also began to teach that which she was learning around the Valley. She has taught women’s, single’s, marital, and pre-maritial seminars and conferences for over 20 years. Jennifer has facilitated groups on Dr
Townsend and Cloud’s books including Boundaries, Safe People and Changes That Heal. Jennifer contracted with Remuda Ranch Center For Eating Disorders as a Primary Therapist and Family Week Facilitator. Jennifer is a provider for the New Life Ministries counselor network and Focus on the Family referral network. In addition, Jennifer has received advanced training in Milan/Kay Yerkovich’s marital attachment theory.(www.howwelove.com)
Jennifer served as Clinical Director at Samaritan Counseling Center for 5 years. New Life Clinics purchased Samaritan in 1997 and she worked for them, until they closed the Arizona offices in September 2000. She opened her private practice at that time and continues to counsel, speak, and is currently endeavoring to write her first book. Jennifer is a registered Holy Yoga instructor (RYT) through Holy Yoga (www.holyyoga.net) and teaches Christian yoga at First Christian Church in Phoenix. In addition, she taught group fitness classes at North Phoenix Baptist Church for 17 years. Jennifer is also certified to teach group fitness through Revelation Wellness Ministry (www.revelationwellness.org) and taught for years at Living Streams Church.
Jennifer lives in Phoenix with her husband, Darrell who is a financial counselor/coach. She has two sons, Brandon, who is married, has four sons and is the headmaster at a Great Hearts Academy in Peoria. Zachary, who graduated from Phoenix Christian High School, now attends Grand Canyon University and is pursuing a degree in Counseling. Jen adores her stepdaughter, Jodi, husband Paul, and granddaughters, Abby and Hailey. Darrell and Jennifer attend Dream City Church in Glendale. They have previously served at Church For The Nations where they facilitated a home group and assisted in children’s ministry and at The Valley Cathedral, facilitating an adult fellowship class, teaching Financial Peace University, Pre-Marital Seminars, and Marital Tune-up classes.
In addition to counseling, and spending time with her family, Jennifer is an avid hiker, having hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in 2015 as well as completing her first half marathon in that same year. She works out weekly with trainer, Chris Akard (www.akardfitness.com) and attends classes at Orange Theory Fitness.